File:CUA Flag.jpg|thumb|Flag of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
'''The Catholic University of America''' ('''CUA''') is a private university
located in Washington, D.C.
in the United States. It is a pontifical university
of the Catholic Church
in the United States and the only institution of higher education
founded by the U.S. Catholic bishops.
Established in 1887 as a graduate and research center following approval by Pope Leo XIII
on Easter Sunday,
the university began offering undergraduate education in 1904. The university's campus lies within the Brookland (Washington, D.C.)|Brookland
neighborhood, known as "Little Rome", which contains 60 Catholic institutions, including Trinity Washington University
and the Dominican House of Studies
It has been ranked as one of the nation's best colleges by the...